Mountain Mayhem: A Swiss weekend |

Mountain Mayhem: A Swiss weekend

May Selby
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
Courtesy Hans Figi Sarah Warner ('91) of Boulder with her children Sophie and Felix.

The American School In Switzerland (TASIS) in Lugano recently hosted the Fleming Cup Alumni World Championship Race Weekend. Alumni and friends from Colorado, California, Switzerland, Germany, and else where came together for the second annual alpine reunion in Aspen.

TASIS was founded in the fall of 1956 by M. Crist Fleming. The lifelong educator formed the school as an experiment in international education. Designed to give students strong preparation for American colleges and universities, it also provided the additional dimension of exposure to cultures and training in languages other than their own. TASIS now stands as one of the finest American boarding schools abroad. Students from 52 different nationalities are currently enrolled, studying an American-based curriculum in English. Colorado has the third highest concentration of TASIS alumni in the U.S., which makes Aspen an ideal setting for the springtime festivities.

This year’s race weekend was especially heartfelt as all honored the memory of the late Mrs. Fleming. The beloved founder and director emerita of the school passed away peacefully at home in January at the age of 98.

The Aspen race weekend began on Friday, Feb. 27, with a reception at the home of Aspen architect and TASIS parent Gretchen Greenwood. On Saturday, Feb. 28, the namesake race took place on Aspen Mountain’s NASTAR course, followed by a Swiss picnic for 50 at Buckhorn Cabin. An awards banquet and dance followed that evening at the Elks Lodge.

TASIS alumnus Hans Figi (’75) of Lugano won the men’s race for the second consecutive year while alumna and Aspen ski instructor, Kathy Pitner (’63), claimed the women’s cup. For more information on TASIS, visit

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